Friday, July 25, 2014

Praises through the pain

....You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness. The living, the living—they praise you, as I am doing today; parents tell their children about your faithfulness. The Lord will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the Lord. (Isaiah 38:16-20 NIV)

I stand amazed that the above scripture was actually from today's reading! Even more amazing-my eyes were open to read it after a few short hours of sleep.  It has such truth for our family and this valley that we have gone through this last few weeks. I have faith that in the days and years to come Nathan and Lexe will understand how God has led them through this time and praise His name even more for the benefit of the new life He has given Nathan. 

Yesterday, was a very long day, but God and our mighty band of prayer warriors got us through the day along with some awesome doctors. Surgery was scheduled to begin at 1:00, but didn't get started until about 3:30. The doctor came out to talk to us around 7:10 while the nurses we're finishing up. It was another hour and half before we saw him and what a joy to see even if he was swollen and barely awake.  This hospital is amazing and I can't imagine being anywhere else during a traumatic injury. They work in teams and came in this morning to evaluate Nathan with a team of 10 doctors. His vision is better, but still blurry and his face is held together with about five plates and screws. His mouth will likely remain wired shut for about six weeks and he will get nourishment through protein shakes and anything he can blend and get through a straw. 

There will be challenging days ahead, but with such and awesome attitude and so many prayer warriors I have no doubt those days will quickly be behind us just in time for him to welcome his first son.  It will be in that moment that he will finely understand why his momma and daddy have such a crazy love for him! A love that grows deeper with each passing day whether a newborn or a grown man!            

    We are so thankful to this young man for being there to step into action and quickly save 
    Nathan's life. Shep, without your quick response we might not be rejoicing today in such 
    wonderful news! 
    We are also thankful for Nathan's beautiful bride and faithful cheerleader who has stayed
    right by his side and encouraged him along this difficult time.
    And finally, his amazing team of doctors and surgeons, (our favorite one, Dr. Mueller, you
    can't see), who worked hard to restore his handsome face without leaving more scars! They 
    went through his eye and mouth to do all of the work.